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'Unprecedented' back-to-back warm winters in California complicate ongoing drought

Randol White - KCBX News

The Central Coast saw a very warm, dry January this year, as did the rest of the state. Now, Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say it ranks among the warmest and driest on record.

Not only was this January the fourth warmest in the books, but it follows the warmest January ever in 2014. 

"No two Januaries have been this warm, back to back," said Jake Crouch who monitors the climate for NOAA. "Usually when we have a warm January, the next year is followed by a relatively cool January, and so this is pretty much unprecedented in the records."

Crouch says climate models developed by NOAA show little relief in sight for California, as the coming months are likely to see continued spell of unseasonably warm and dry weather.